In this episode, I share my opinion on your role when it comes to your kid’s homework. I discuss some mindset shifts around learning differences like ADHD, anxious kids, dyslexia and dysgraphia. I also share my top tips for helping your kids to become lifelong readers. I think you might be surprised by some of my experiences and how my approach is different than what you might be hearing from “the educators”.
If you find yourself feeling defensive about why their learning difference justifies the need for you to sit with them day in and day out and manage their workload, I’d like to invite you to explore a few questions:
Is your child in the right school?
Have you communicated with the school/teacher and advocated for the right kind of support for your child. Remember, they are spending 7-8 hours a day at that school and if your child is not spending that time learning the way their brain requires, well that’s a helluva lot of wasted time.
Think back in your own life to the things you’ve accomplished and feel proudest about. Was there a challenge involved that you overcame? How did you do it? Were you scrappy and resourceful? Was someone holding your hand helping you figure it out?
Stop sitting with your kids while they do their homework. If you’re doing this, it’s a sign that things need to shift.
If your child has a learning difference, advocate by communicating with their teacher that they need to get the resources during the 7-8 hours during their school day.
If your kid is in the wrong learning environment and homework is the bane of YOUR existence, find a better situation. It’s 2019 and we have this awesome resource called the internet - there are many different virtual educational options…
Turn off the screens at night and read with and/or next to your kids and stop timing them!
If you don’t know how to make these shifts, reach out to me for support http://Randirubenstein.com/discovery
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